This year, Apple is expected to mark the iPhone’s 10th anniversary in style, with rumors pointing towards the iPhone 8 as the device that will make this possible.
However, looking at Apple’s conventional naming style, this is the S year. If anything, we expect to see a new iPhone 7S and 7S Plus come to life in fall this year, but it seems the tech giant has other ideas. Rather than distort its naming style by jumping to an iPhone 8 in an S year, Cupertino will reportedly be naming this phone the iPhone Edition.
The latest report comes from Japanese website Mac Otakara, adding that the iPhone Edition will be released later on in the year, probably after the release of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7S and 5.5-inch iPhone 7S Plus. If you are familiar with how Apple does things with respect to the smartwatch world, you should know what an iPhone Edition means.
The Apple Watch Edition is the high-end variant of the smartwatch and if the rumored iPhone 8 is indeed renamed to the iPhone Edition, it would also mean that this is the high-end version. This Edition name adds more weight to the rumor that the high-end iPhone variant will be priced at more than $1000.
Apparently, Mac Otakara claims that Apple has already started testing lots of other prototypes alongside the iPhone 8 or rather iPhone Edition. Where some of them are using LCD panels, others are experimenting with AMOLED panels. This statement also confirms previous reports that had claimed the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will stick to LCD panels while the iPhone 8 will shift to an OLED panel. More evidence that there will be at least three iPhones this year is that the alleged prototypes are also being tested with and without the physical home buttons as well as using different design materials – glass, aluminum, and ceramic.
So far, the publication says that the iPhone 8 or iPhone Edition will definitely come with a 5-inch screen, dual-lens cameras as well as wireless charging. The 5-inch in question here is the usable display that will be spared on the 5.8-inch OLED panel, where the rest will house a function area with virtual buttons.